Honorary graduate Andy Scott unveils exclusive sculptures at GCU New York

08 June 2016

Honorary graduate Andy Scott unveils exclusive  sculptures at GCU New York

This is Andy's first gallery show since his days at Glasgow School of Art in the late 1980s.

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) honorary graduate Andy Scott has launched exciting exhibition at GCU New York next month.

Andy is the sculptor behind some of Scotland’s most iconic landmarks; the Kelpies, the Heavy Horse, Arria in Cumbernauld, Ravenscraig’s Steelman and Rise in Glasgow Harbour.

His sculptures, which take form in his workshop in Maryhill, stretch locally from Glasgow’s M8 to Falkirk, and internationally from Queensland, Australia, to New York.

It is at GCU’s campus in New York where Andy has staged his first gallery show since his days at Glasgow School of Art in the late 1980s. Andy usually works in the outdoor public realm on a much larger scale.

The event displays 12 pieces in bronze, cast by Powderhall Foundry in Edinburgh, including a scale version of his famous Kelpies works, and two larger steel pieces. It will run until June 26.

“It was an opportunity I had to seize with both hands,” says Andy. “My show revisits projects that I have worked on in the past and it has allowed me to work on more intricate clay models. I’m proud that the exhibition is being hosted by GCU, of which I am an honorary graduate.

“It has been a busy and challenging few months working on this series of small scale works, and I’ve really enjoyed the collaboration with the craftsmen from other practices brining my artworks to fruition. I hope it allows the public to see some of the inspirational processes which go into the well-known large-scale sculptures.”

GCU New York Vice-President Cara Smyth said: “We are delighted to have this opportunity to showcase such iconic works in an intimate setting that will engage the public with Andy’s beautiful work, as well as familiarise them with the work of our GCU campus here in New York.”

Andy is also collaborating with Edinburgh-based jeweller and silversmith Hamilton & Inches for its 150th anniversary.  This has seen him work with their artisans to design a set of hand-sculpted chess figurines based on the Kelpies. The artistic plans for the collaboration, as well as one sterling silver playing piece for the chess set, were unveiled at the GCU New York exhibition.

The installation of the £5m Kelpies in Grangemouth, the UK’s tallest equine sculptures which stand 30 metres tall and are each made from 300 tonnes of steel, propelled Scott onto the international stage. The Helix, a reclaimed parkland centred on the Forth & Clyde Canal, now boasts the monumental and elegant horses’ heads as its prominent landmark.

Andy recently created a bronze sculpture with an equine theme for a fund-raising auction at the inaugural Glasgow Caledonian University Foundation Dinner, which sold for £10,000. The money raised will support life-changing opportunities for talented young people at GCU.

To view an image gallery of the exhibition, visit here.